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Chilies Are So Hot, Birds Love Them!
Posted on 2001/7/28 23:46:02 ( 764 reads )


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ARIZONA, USA, July 25, 2001: Scientists Joshua Tewksbury and Gary Nabhan from the University of Montana and the Northern Arizona University have discovered why chilies are so hot, a question anyone first sampling a South Indian dish might ponder. They say the burning taste is an evolutionary ploy to stop mammals eating the pods and destroying the seeds. The researchers suggest that chili plants have evolved to produce capsicum as a repellent for animals (obviously unsuccessful when it came to humans), while still allowing birds to eat the fruits and disperse the seeds.




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Sydney Temple Disallowed Public Worship
Posted on 2001/7/27 23:49:02 ( 896 reads )


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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, July 28, 2001: A newly constructed Hindu temple, Mukti-Gupteshwar Temple in Minto, has been denied permission for public worship or social functions under a city council decision labeled as blatant racism. The Campbelltown council decided against allowing conversion of this massive "private" shrine for public worship. Mayor Jim Kremmer opposed the rejection of the application, describing it as "racism." "It is absurd as 95 percent of the building is finished," Rama Misra, whose husband Prem Misra owns the temple said. Besides the "traffic congestion" and "blight on landscape" pleas, the objecting councillors have said the Misras tried to deceive the Campbelltown City Council by constructing a religious shrine on a land lot which they intended to use personally. One councillor, Bob Thompson said that the application did not comply with zoning laws. The Misras hope a peaceful demonstration would urge the council to reconsider.




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Restraining Order For New York Ganesha Temple Trustees
Posted on 2001/7/27 23:48:02 ( 752 reads )


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NEW YORK, USA, July 28, 2001: The Hindu Temple Society of North America (HTSNA), which oversees the operations of the Ganesha temple in Bowne Street, Flushing, New York, has been issued a restraining order and a show-cause notice by the New York State Supreme Court, Queens County, with a hearing date set for August 15. The driving force behind the case are two men, Sambasiva Venigalla and Venkaiah Dama, who alleged that the Society has flouted State Laws pertaining to not-for-profit religious corporations. Along with a few other like-minded souls, they have formed the Committee for Securing Voting Rights. In the opinion of the dissenters, not only is the Board of Trustees run in violation of state laws, but that it is often a law unto itself. Dr Uma Mysorekar, President of the HTSNA, said "all the allegations are false and we completely deny them." For now, both sides are awaiting the court's decision. In his order dated June 28, court Judge Joseph G. Golia has restrained the Society, and its Board of Trustees, who are the respondents, from encumbering the assets of the temple unless authorized by the members; from entering into any contract for expansion or construction of facilities; from incurring any expenditure other than for daily religious activities; from destroying or transferring any business or financial records; and providing to the petitioners a complete list of all members enrolled since 1995, with duly completed membership application forms together with proof of payment of membership dues.




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Attack Doesn't Dampen Amarnath Pilgrimage
Posted on 2001/7/27 23:47:02 ( 738 reads )


Source: The Hindustan Times





AMARNATH, INDIA, July 25, 2001: The collection boxes at Amarnath double up as mail boxes where pilgrims drop in their requests to Lord Siva. From the troubled housewife to the aspiring executive, these boxes get letters from everybody. And playing mailmen are the staff of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank who not only collect the money but also the letters from the boxes. They don't mind playing secretaries to God either. "If the letters have a return address, we write back on behalf of Bhole Nath (Lord Siva) and advise people," said Satish Raina, a bank employee. A commando who had lost his fingers and vision during a training course made a pilgrimage here in the hope that Bhole Nath would restore his vision. "I have to do well in my personal and professional life," he wrote to Lord Siva. "I know God makes the impossible possible." If the commando had come with an appeal, sisters Mohini and Madhuri in their early 30s were here on a thanksgiving mission. Dressed in new clothes bought for the darbar, their heads covered with red chunnis, they were here because their prayers had been answered. "My brother was involved in a dowry case for the past 20 years. With Bhole Nath's help, the case was finally disposed," said Mohini. She had an offering to make: a brass bell to offer at the altar. It hasn't been a safe yatra this year either. But the militant attacks and the unfriendly terrain has only made the pilgrims tougher. Newlyweds Ekta and Deepak Jindal from Kotkapura chose the pilgrimage for a honeymoon. Deepak is a die-hard devotee of Lord Siva. He has been here before and knows he would be safe.




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Texas Temple Receives a Traditional Facelift
Posted on 2001/7/27 23:46:02 ( 649 reads )


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DALLAS, TEXAS, July 22, 2001: For over ten years the North and South Indian congregation have worshipped at the Hindu Temple in Irving. Deciding that the building needed to reflect their culture, the devotees expect to spend US$2.1 million dollars in the next few years. The first significant addition is a gopuram in honor of Lord Ganesha. Twelve other Gopurams will be constructed in the future including ones dedicated to Lord Muruga, Vishnu, Brahma, and Lord Siva. Internally, ornate archways are being constructed in front of the temple Murthis. Skilled craftsmen from India (silpis) are transforming the temple into a traditional structure. Other future plans include a youth center, meditation hall and a senior citizen centre.




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California Hindu Sangam Photos Available
Posted on 2001/7/27 23:45:02 ( 836 reads )


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MILPITAS, CALIFORNIA, July 21, 2001: Pictures of the huge San Francisco Bay Area meeting of Hindus can be now downloaded from "source" above. The day-long event attracted 15,000 Hindus.




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Buddhism And Meditation Camp For Children
Posted on 2001/7/27 23:44:02 ( 740 reads )


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IRVING, TEXAS, JULY 22, 2001: When 12 year-old Nikki Meyer visited the dentist to have a tooth filled, she used the meditation techniques she learned in class to relax. Nikki and her brother, Michael, 11, are among the children who attended the Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation for Children class at Vajradakini Buddhist Center last week. Instead of soccer camp or swimming lessons, children spent five mornings at the center, learning about Buddhism. The class, open to ages 9 through 13, included meditation techniques, arts and crafts, teachings on love and compassion and how to overcome anger and jealousy. One morning's activities began with the children reciting a mantra of compassion. The children then made prayer flags, carefully lettering their good wishes for the world on brightly colored felt. The successful class may provide a model for similar programs at Hindu temples.




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Hindu Sangam Draws Thousands
Posted on 2001/7/24 23:49:02 ( 699 reads )


Source: San Jose Mercury News





FREMONT, CALIFORNIA, USA, July 22, 2001: Thousands of San Francisco Bay Area residents of Hindu background celebrated their cultural heritage in Milpitas in a first-of-its-kind gathering that brought together dozens of Indo-American groups that rarely associate. "You don't realize how many of us are here until we come together in one place," said Raj Patel of Milpitas, who attended the Hindu Sangam with his family. Event organizers estimate 10,000 people attended the celebration. That makes it one of the largest Hindu cultural gatherings ever on the West Coast. About 66,000 people of Indian ancestry live in Santa Clara County alone. More than 300 children presented a play of the Hindu story Ramayana. And a free buffet of traditional Indian food was provided.




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Congress Joins Sangh Parivar in Protest Against Christians
Posted on 2001/7/24 23:48:02 ( 690 reads )


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AHMEDABAD, INDIA, July 21, 2001: A new element to the three-year-old sparring between the Christian groups and the Hindutva bodies was added when the Gujarat unit of the All-India Christian Council charged the Congress with joining the Sangh Parivar (RSS affiliated) bodies to harass Christians. The charge followed a joint demonstration by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the RSS, and the Congress leaders in Rajkot recently to protest attempts by the management of the St Mary Convent School in Rajkot to impose "Christian religious code" on the students by not allowing them to wear bindis and bangles. In a communication to the National Human Rights Commission, the All-India Christian Council demanded a probe into the Rajkot incident before alleging even the Congress had joined the communal forces in their tirade against the Christians in Gujarat. No explanation is given in this report why the Christians felt they could curtail the religious rights of their Hindu students.




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Maoist Guerrilla Chief Eyes Revolution
Posted on 2001/7/24 23:47:02 ( 718 reads )


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KATMANDU, NEPAL, July 25, 2001: The leader of Nepal's Maoist guerrillas claimed that the group has formed a cartel of South Asian militant groups, and his rebels were inching toward success in transforming this Himalayan kingdom into a communist republic. "The people's revolution shall be completed very soon, not in the remote future," the Maoist supreme leader, Prachanda, said in a rare comment to the media. "Our dream is to turn this tiny but great country into a model country in a few years," he said. The rebel leader announced a temporary cease-fire on Monday, responding to new Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's request to end the violence, but remained defiant in his demands.




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Teej Festival Celebrated
Posted on 2001/7/24 23:46:02 ( 854 reads )


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CHANDIGARH, INDIA, July 24, 2001: The women's annual festival of Teej was enthusiastically celebrated here. Ladies mobbed the various stalls to for mehendi, traditional temporary designs applied to the hands. As well the bangle sellers did a brisk business. (from Hindi)




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Sree Maha Rudra Yegnam at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta
Posted on 2001/7/24 23:45:02 ( 714 reads )


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ATLANTA, GEORGIA, July 23, 2001: The Hindu Temple of Atlanta is holding the Sree Maha Rudra Yegnam during August 31 to September 3, 2001. Sree Maha Rudram is one of the most energetic forms of chanting Sri Rudram, a revered section of the Yajur Veda. Reciting the entire Sri Rudram 1,331 times, followed by chanting of Chamakam a couple of times completes Sree Maha Rudram. Chanting of Sri Rudram is the penance for the Pancha Mahapaathakas or the five great sins referred to in the scriptures, acquired in this life, or inherited through familial lineage.




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A Life Insurance Perk for Vegetarians
Posted on 2001/7/23 23:49:02 ( 1465 reads )


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UNITED KINGDOM, June 28, 2001: If you are shopping for life insurance, be sure to check out a company called Animal Friends Insurance. A not-for-profit insurance agency, AFI donates its net profits to animal welfare and rescue groups. In honor of vegetarians, the company has recently commenced selling a special discount term assurance life policy. Recognizing that vegetarians suffer from less chronic diseases, AFI is offering a 25% discount for the first year. Operating out of the U.K., the company could potentially serve over 4 million vegetarians--a number increasing daily out of fear of mad cow disease.




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India Is One of the World's Largest Leather Producers
Posted on 2001/7/23 23:48:02 ( 803 reads )


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ERODE, INDIA, July 19, 2001: To Western companies operating in India, the cow is a sacred. But nothing is so straightforward in India. India is actually a major producer and consumer of leather, and only some of it comes from goat, sheep and buffalo. With a population that is an estimated 80% Hindu, India slaughters 14 million cattle a year, making it the world's fifth most active cattle killer, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Government tax breaks have helped make leather of all kinds one of India's biggest exports. But it takes some effort to accommodate business and religion when it comes to cowhide. The Hindu religion forbids eating beef and slaughtering cows, but permits taking the hide of a ''fallen'' cow, or one that has died naturally. Central Leather Research Institute in Madras' executive director, T. Ramasami, says leather is just a by-product of cows that are slaughtered for meat. ''Economics are a reason cows became sacred, as one cow provided milk for an entire village. Economics change faster than religious beliefs," he says.




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Study Shows Meditation Does Ease Stress
Posted on 2001/7/23 23:47:02 ( 753 reads )

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